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"Cash for Curls" Fundraiser to Support THON Feb. 15. Shave It or Save It!

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Director of Student Affairs Matthew Shupp
2/4/2011 —

Penn State Brandywine’s chapter of THON is gearing up for THON weekend at University Park with a final push to reach its fundraising goals.

Penn State's IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, or THON, is the largest student run philanthropy in the world and is a yearlong effort to raise funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer. The year culminates with a 46-hour dance marathon, this year slated for Feb. 18-20. THON has raised over $69 million since it was started in 1973.

At the Brandywine campus, THON Spirit Week will be held Feb. 14-18 and the "Cash For Curls" event on Feb. 15 promises to be one of the biggest highlights. Director of Student Affairs Matthew Shupp has agreed to put his hair up for auction to raise money for THON.

Since Feb. 1, faculty, students and staff have had the opportunity to participate in a bidding war to determine whether or not Shupp will be shaving his lustrous locks, or if his crowning glory will be saved. Shupp agreed last fall to donate his hair to help raise money for THON. Collection cans marked "Save It" and "Shave It" have been placed in locations throughout campus.

"I am looking forward to seeing what the campus wants more ... for me to shave it off, or for it to be saved!" said Shupp. "In any case, this is for a wonderful cause, and I am honored to be part of helping THON and the kids."

The bidding war will culminate in a Bid-Off, where it will be determined if Shupp keeps his mane for another year or goes bald. Faculty, staff and students will congregate in the Lion's Den in the Commons Building at 11:30 a.m. to continue to run the bid as high as possible. One stipulation is in place: in order for Shupp to shave his head, the "Save It" and "Shave It" pots must be at least a combined total of $600.

"The fact that Dr. Shupp has so graciously donated his hair says so much about what people are willing to sacrifice for the kids," said Brittney Walker, co-chair of the Brandywine THON chapter. "If he is willing to give up so much, I am hopeful that our campus community is willing to pitch in a dollar or two for this fundraiser."

In addition to raising money, if the bidding war determines that Shupp shaves his head, his hair will be donated to Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to children in the United States and Canada under age 21, who suffer from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.

The community is welcome to attend the event. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Karrie Bowen, kab44@psu.edu.

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